WELCOME TO LOS DOS LAREDOS: TRADE CENTER OF THE AMERICAS
At the center of the primary trade route connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico, and the gateway to Mexico’s burgeoning industrial complex, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo offer markets, business opportunities and profit potential which business and industry simply cannot find anywhere else.
Known locally as Los Dos Laredos, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo are actually one city divided only by the Rio Grande. Originally settled by the Spaniards in 1755, Laredo/Nuevo Laredo became the first “official” Port of Entry on the U.S./Mexico border in 1851. Now, the Laredo Customs District handles more trade than the ports of Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas combined.
Generating more than $200 Billion in trade, the Port of Laredo is the Number One Inland Port on the U.S.-Mexico border, ranking number Three Custom District in the U.S. by value of shipment, and generating over $231 Billion in international trade. In addition, the Port of Laredo is the nation’s Number One land border gateway by value of imports and exports, ranking first in the nation in 2016, transported accross the border by highways, railroads and pipelines.
Laredo is the only U.S./Mexico border city strategically positioned at the convergence of all land transportation systems. Mexico’s principal highway and railroad leading from Central America through Mexico City, Saltillo and Monterrey, the industrial heart of Mexico, converge at Laredo to meet two major U.S. rail lines, Inter-state 35 and other roads which fan outwards to the urban centers and seaports of Texas and beyond to Northern States and Canadian Provinces including Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ontario.
For the last several years, Mexico’s economic reforms, increased U.S./Mexico trade and cross border production sharing combined to spur Laredo’s growth as never before. As the fastest growing city east of the Rocky Mountains and the most competitive NAFTA crossing, Laredo’s bright economic future is vibrant.